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March 10, 2011

Dr. Oz says eating hard cheese is GOOD for you! But Why?

When I was visiting the Azores Islands back in 2003, a couple of the things I noticed were; A) everyone seemed pretty fit and  B) everyone ate Portuguese hard cheese more than once a day.  Hard cheese was definitely a breakfast front runner and then it was eaten again later in the day for a snack.

My Dad's family 'beach house' on the Island of Sao Jorge















I remember thinking, how can these people eat this much cheese and stay fit.....and live to what seemed like a long life in many cases? 

Just the other day, while Barrel Tasting, my friend Kellie told me about a Dr. Oz show she watched where he claimed certain types of hard cheeses can lower your risk of developing cancer and can be heart healthy as well.

I'm excited!

I LOVE cheese!















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Can I eat it guilt free now?!.....Not that I had too much guilt before, but this new found information was good to hear.

Here's what Dr.Oz had to say about hard cheese, cancer and heart health:

Gouda, edam, emmenthal and Jarlsburg cheeses are among some of the hard cheeses that contain a form of vitamin K called vitamin K2 (the scientific name is menaquinone) that is both antiangiogenic (blood vessel-inhibiting) and also kills cancer cells directly. The studies indicate that eating as few as 2 slices of these hard cheeses a day can lower your overall risk for cancer, including lung cancer and prostate cancer.

You might be wondering whether eating cheese frequently is such a good idea? Well, in this case, it turns out that vitamin K2 also protects the heart by preventing hardening of the arteries.

Many of the medical studies I’ve cited were done in Europe where cheese is regularly eaten, even on a daily basis, including breakfast. Personally, I think the research is so compelling that we should all find ways to add vitamin K2 into our diets.

I think it's time to go buy a round of my fave Portuguese hard cheese.






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